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Old 04-22-2013, 03:02 PM   #1
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WIP: 4AAT free-sole socks
In pursuit of my sock goal (14 pairs of handknit socks in my drawer), I've just started 2 pairs of free-sole socks. One will be in linen st, and the other will be honeycomb stripes (lace).

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Old 04-22-2013, 03:08 PM   #2
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Pretty, pretty, pretty. You must be happy with this style of sock. Is this more recycled sweater yarn? I went to look for sweaters to ravel out and came home with one to wear.
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Pretty, pretty, pretty. You must be happy with this style of sock. Is this more recycled sweater yarn? I went to look for sweaters to ravel out and came home with one to wear.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Yes, I like the free-sole sock and would like to hone my technique. The green yarn is recycled sweater yarn, an angora/lambswool blend that I dyed with Kool Aid. The other yarn is Adriafil Knitcol. I have so much stash yarn, I don't think I'll need to buy sock yarn for the next couple of years.

I know what you mean about sweaters to unravel vs. to wear. I picked up a lovely gray lambswool Fair Isle cardigan that I intended to unravel. It was so cute I decided to try it on before unraveling it and was surprised to find that it fit. So, instant sweater!
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LOL Bonus! I never find anything for me to wear when I look.
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I love your yarn colors and the idea of the free-sole socks. Can't wait to see the finished socks in both patterns.
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I love your yarn colors and the idea of the free-sole socks. Can't wait to see the finished socks in both patterns.
Thanks. I'm eager to see how they come out, too. After these are done, I need only 3 more pairs to make my goal of 14. I will then have a drawer full of luscious handknit socks. I guess you can tell I love handknit socks.
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Wonderful colors. I'll look forward to the WIP to see how this comes out because I'm not all that familiar with the free sole socks and I'm starting my first pair of socks shortly.
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Beautiful colors! But STOP! You're making my head spin! Two at a time is, like, four socks at once, yes?

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Well, make fun if you want to (although that's pretty tacky), but knitting anything four at a time makes my head spin. I do good to knit one thing at a time! Egads!
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Well, make fun if you want to (although that's pretty tacky), but knitting anything four at a time makes my head spin. I do good to knit one thing at a time! Egads!
I've been reading GrumpyGramma's posts for a while, and I know she likes to have fun with them. I don't think she meant it in an unkind way.

As for the 4AAT, lots of people like to knit socks 2AAT to avoid the second sock syndrome (you get one sock done and then can't get motivated to knit the 2nd one) and so you can make adjustments as you go along without having to keep a lot of notes. Once I had learned how to knit 2AAT (using magic loop), I realized that adding 2 more socks wasn't difficult. You simply repeat what you did for the first 2. It's just more of the same, not really more complexity. I've also done 6AAT (yes, 3 pairs), but I'm not ready to do that again until I've mastered the free-sole technique.

Fortunately, we all get to decide for ourselves how we want to work our projects. But I'm glad people post different approaches, because that's how I improve.
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